Alabama Mom Gives Birth to Sextuplets

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ALBERTVILLE, Ala (WKRG) – An Alabama family has welcomed six new family members, all at once. The family announced on Facebook that they have given birth to sextuplets.

The hospital released more information:

The first sextuplets born in Alabama since 2011 were delivered at Huntsville

Hospital for Women & Children on Dec. 11, 2017.

David L. Rushing, MD, of the Clinic For Women, delivered the Waldrop sextuplets by Cesarean

section with help from a team of about 40 labor and delivery nurses, neonatologists, anesthesiologists,

maternal fetal medicine specialists and surgical assistants.

The fraternal sextuplets – three boys and three girls – were born at just under 30 weeks’ gestation.

The babies ranged in weight from 2 pounds, 4 ounces to 2 pounds, 14 ounces. They are all in good condition

but will require several weeks of specialized care in Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children’s Neonatal

Intensive Care Unit (NICU) before going home with parents Eric and Courtney Waldrop of Albertville, Ala.

Courtney is expected to be released from the hospital in the coming days.

Sextuplets are exceedingly rare. This is the first sextuplet delivery in the history of Huntsville

Hospital for Women & Children, the first sextuplet birth in Alabama since 2011, and the first time sextuplets

have been born in the state outside of Birmingham.

Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children is the only hospital in North Alabama with the

specialized services to perform a sextuplet delivery, including a Level III NICU and maternal fetal medicine

experts – obstetricians with special training in high-risk pregnancies.

“Our obstetrics and neonatal teams have been preparing for this delivery for months. The level of

detailed planning and coordination is truly impressive,” said Paula Lucas, vice president of Women and

Children Services. “While we’re honored to be a part of each of our patients’ deliveries, we’re especially

proud to have the physician specialties and hospital services needed to safely deliver the Waldrop

sextuplets.”

Employees from the NICU, Labor & Delivery Unit, Mother Baby and other clinical departments held

multiple drills to practice every aspect of the sextuplets’ delivery and first minutes of care. Nurses and

physicians were divided into six color-coded care teams: yellow, purple, red, green, orange and blue.

Each team was responsible for a specific baby immediately after the birth – performing an initial

checkup, recording the weight and other vital statistics, and getting the baby settled in a portable neonatal

incubator for the short trip upstairs to the NICU.

There were just 24 quintuplet or sextuplet deliveries out of 3.9 million total births nationwide in

2015, the most recent year for which statistics are available. The only other surviving sextuplets born in the

United States this year were delivered in May in Richmond, Va.

Underscoring the rarity of sextuplet births, TLC will feature the Waldrop family in a documentary

slated to air in 2018. Part of the show was filmed at Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children and will

follow the Waldrops’ life-changing journey every step of the way – from Courtney’s high-risk pregnancy to

how they’ll adjust to becoming a family of 11.

The Waldrops have three other children, including five-year-old twin boys.

EARLIER STORY:

An Albertville couple got the surprise of their lives when they found out they wouldn’t be having one baby but six.

Courtney and Eric Waldrop are having sextuplets and on Saturday night their gender reveal party involved the entire community. Three boys and three girls will join the Waldrop’s five-year old twins and eight-year old son.

“The community and close friends and church family’s been such as blessing to us, praying for us and showing their support,” said Eric Waldrop.

The community showed their at the 5K run and gender reveal, but it’s all been a tough one on the couple.

“When we first found it out we were pretty devastated to be honest with you,” Waldrop said. “But as time went on we kind of come to peace with it.”

Waldrop says they were told the chances of having multiple babies was low with low dose fertility treatment.

Now they’re still getting used to the fact their lives have changed forever, but at least they know their neighbors stand with them.

“It just kind of goes to show what a small community can do, rally around us and it’s a blessing for sure,” he said.

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